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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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156 reader reviews for Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
  • 2.0 16V ST 3dr

    Ciaran Canney , Londonderry . Date: 23/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my second Fiesta since the new model was brought out. I have to say that I'm still asking myself why after getting rid of the first one that I ever bought another one.

    There seems to be a problem when you reach about 11,000 miles, peices of your car begin to fall apart. On the first model I managed to wear away two holes in my quality leather steering wheel where my thumbs normally rest when driving. Then I needed a new seatbelt and a few weeks after that I needed a new gear stick.

    All covered under warranty I know but I have to say does not inspire confidence in the build quality. Now this time my CD player refuses to play CDs and low and behold I need another new gear stick.

    Maybe I am being a bit unfair. Sure it is a nippy little car and does look quite good but what's the point in that if they keep falling apart. Last Fiesta Ever.

  • 1.4 16v Zetec 3dr

    Philip Rutherford , Tyne and Wear . Date: 15/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I used to own a '98 1.25 Fiesta Zetec until purchasing a Focus ST170 a year ago and since have had a number of courtesy cars from Ford Dealers.

    I Found the Fiesta a great car to drive. It was extremely nimble around courners with engaging steering, which was full of feel. It was almost as entertaining as my Focus through the twisty stuff. The engine was capable enough tn the 1.4 form, although it never felt as quick or responsive as my old 1.25 Fiesta.

    I have also drove the 1.2 Fiesta Finesse and felt the engine far too sluggish, considerably slower than my girlfriend's 1.2 Renault Clio in fact. The 1.4 was easily able to keep up with traffic on dual carriageways but did become vocal when pressed!

    The interior is a huge improvement on the old Fiesta in terms of quality although it is very bland to look at. All switch gear was logically laid out but I missed the remote stereo controlls, which I feel should be standard!

    There was plenty of room for four adults appearing only slightly smaller than the Focus. The seats were supportive and the driving position comfortable with plenty of adjustment. I never used the boot but inspection revealled a superior load space than the Clio. My car also has remote central door locking, which I find a god send when carrying shopping or forgetting whether you have locked the car!

  • 1.25 16v Firefly 5dr

    john parish , essex . Date: 13/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The shape grows on you and I have purchased the 1.25 as it was the cheapest option and very low on insurance etc.

    The overall finish is average and if only Ford would use better quality plastics ie padded! The car is fine to drive a bit under powered but I expected this as it is larger than our previous Ford Fiesta. It is doing about 40mpg, which includes numerous traffic hold ups.

    We live in Essex the worst county in the UK for road expenduture! The car have been further improved with better insulation on wheel arches and the noise of grit hitting the wheel arches is poor for what is an excellent improvement in so many ways for Ford.

    The space is excellent for a mini motor and driving the vehicle is fine. Smooth ride and excellent gear change apart from when my wife drives, she says she can't get it to change from third to second easily. Still the vehicle is new so everything is stiff at the present time.

    Electric windows would have been a nice extra but we did get alloys and a spoiler. The sound system is brilliant, much better than my Peugeot 307SW. I hate the Ford main dealers so may get it serviced at a smaller Ford outlet - the main dealers always seem a bit uncaring.

    Overall, I like the motor but wish Ford just would put a little bit extra into everything instead of cost cutting nearly everything on a car. The seats could be better as could the indicator stalks extra. Rubber mats shoud be standard on all new cars.

  • 1.25 Finesse 3dr

    john sorsby , surrey . Date: 06/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Good in all areas.

    Cheap to run Very practical good discounts available Good spec for base model

    Only gripes: 1 although the rear seatback splits 60/40 the actual seat does not 2 Dashboard a bit plastically 3 more storage space would be nice

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